Leo NORMAN

NORMAN – Our special brother and uncle Leo Norman passed away on Sept. 25, 2008 at Heritage House, Stettler Hospital Complex. He had been a resident there since May 2007. Leo was born on Feb. 20, 1928 on the family farm east of Donalda, AB the sixth child of Gustav and Marta Norman who were both from Sweden. He arrived just in time for the Great Depression. Although the family was short of money, Leo said they never went hungry thanks to a big garden, chickens, pigs and cows to milk and butcher. He attended Spruce Coulee School for nine years walking the two miles most of the time. Leo and his older brother Evert, started farming at a young age, first helping their Dad then acquiring land of their own as well. They purchased their parent’s farm in 1967 and farmed together until Evert’s death in 1985. Leo found it difficult to carry on alone so in 1989 he sold the farm and retired to Donalda. Leo served his community well as a member and on the board of many organizations. These include the Spruce Coulee Community Club, Farmer’s Union, Rural Mutual Telephone, Rural Electrification Association, Donalda Museum, Forestburg Co-op Seed Cleaning Plant, Coulee Friendship Club (Senior’s) and the Spruce Coulee Cemetery (for 42 years!) The Donalda community was very important to Leo. Leo’s pastimes included hunting, trapping, travelling and playing cards. He rarely missed a Spruce Coulee card party or a Saturday at the Senior Centre. Leo travelled most in his retirement years, enjoying bus tours and one memorable trip to Europe visiting Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Leo is lovingly remembered by a large family which includes five sisters: Alma (Harry) Schultz of Burnaby, B.C., Esther (Jim) Adair of Stettler, AB, Evelyn (Ken) Pfeiffer of Stettler, Vivian Norman of Olds, AB, Sylvia (Alan) Jones of Stettler; 26 nieces and nephews and their families plus other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Gust and Marta, sister Bertha; two brothers Evert and Albert; two nieces Arleen Jacobson and Teresa Wood and one great-nephew Jeremy Kent. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Sharon Lutheran Church, Donalda, Alberta. Memorial donations may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation, Spruce Coulee Community Club or charity of donor’s choice, c/o Stettler Funeral Home. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.


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